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wheaton divorce lawyerMoney problems are a known initiator of countless divorces in the U.S. However, affluence does not prevent a marriage from breaking down. In a divorce case, the complexity of the divorce proceedings is influenced heavily by the spouses’ financial situation. The higher a couple’s net worth, the greater the financial impact of property division, spousal support, and child support determinations. If you are thinking about divorce and you or your spouse have a high income or own high-value assets, it is important to consider how the wealth may impact the divorce.

The Division of Assets and Debts

Most couples reach an out-of-court property division settlement during their divorce. However, before couples can agree on who gets what, the property must be accurately valued and identified. Complex assets like stocks, stock options, business interests, and other assets with fluctuating or difficult-to-calculate values must be analyzed and valued before they can be properly addressed during property division negotiations.

To divide assets in a divorce, assets must be identified as either marital, meaning they belong to both spouses, or non-marital, meaning they belong to only one spouse. Some assets, like retirement accounts, may be partially marital property and partially non-marital property. Furthermore, there may be important tax consequences to the decisions made during the property division process. A divorce attorney experienced in high net worth divorce cases may work alongside appraisers, accountants, tax professionals, and other financial experts during property division.

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wheaton sexual harassment lawyerOver the last several years, more than a few prominent members of the media have been accused of mistreating staff or even creating a hostile work environment. Since NBC’s Matt Lauer was terminated from his position in 2017, there have been accusations against other news anchors, hosts, producers, directors, and television personalities. Unfortunately, being in the public eye does not prevent someone from becoming a victim of workplace sexual harassment.

ABC News Faces Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Sexual harassment is a form of sex-based discrimination that is prohibited by state and federal law, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Employers have a legal obligation to respond to accusations of sexual harassment promptly and effectively. When employers do not take appropriate corrective action after a sexual harassment complaint, the harassment or discrimination victim may bring a lawsuit against the company.

A top ABC producer has taken legal action against the broadcasting company after she says she was subjected to sexual assault and ongoing harassment at work. Kirstyn Crawford says that she is not the only one who was assaulted by a senior executive producer. Crawford alleges that the executive producer created a toxic work environment characterized by verbal and physical harassment and intimidation, bullying, and pressuring others to binge drink. ABC is being accused of ignoring this behavior and “looking the other way” while the executive producer mistreated other staff.

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wheaton child custody lawyerIf you are an unmarried parent or you plan to divorce, you may have questions and concerns about child custody. In Illinois, the term “child custody” is still used informally, but the state does not officially use the terms custody and visitation when referring to parenting duties. Instead, parenting duties are divided into parental responsibilities, meaning a parent’s authority to make decisions about the child’s schooling, healthcare, and other important matters, and parenting time, or the physical time a child spends with each parent.

If you wish to obtain all of the parental responsibilities or parenting time, it is important to understand the circumstances under which Illinois grants sole custody.

Illinois Law Presumes a Child Should Spend Time with Both Parents

The legal presumption in all child custody cases is that the child is best served by having both of his or her parents involved in his or her life. Even if one parent is granted all of the parental responsibilities, the other parent typically still has the right to parenting time.

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wheaton collaborative divorce lawyerTelevision shows and movies have perpetuated many misconceptions about divorce. The most prevalent of these false beliefs is the notion that a divorce case will be wrought with turmoil and conflict if the spouses hire attorneys. On the contrary, having a divorce attorney can help you and your spouse negotiate a divorce settlement agreement without a stressful courtroom showdown. In fact, many divorce attorneys now utilize collaborative law to resolve divorce issues without litigation.

In a collaborative divorce, each spouse and his or her attorney work with a collaborative team to discuss divorce issues, explore various solutions, and negotiate the terms of the divorce. The individuals who join the spouses and their attorneys can vary depending on the unique issues the spouses are dealing with.

Creating a Collaborative Team During Your Divorce

A collaborative divorce involves a series of collaborative meetings during which the spouses, their attorneys, and other participants discuss the unresolved divorce issues. They may negotiate a property division settlement, parenting plan, spousal maintenance agreement, or discuss other concerns. The ultimate goal of the collaborative meetings is to find solutions to disputes without going through the litigation and/or trial process.

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wheaton sexual harassment lawyerActivision Blizzard is responsible for some of the most popular video games on the market, including “Candy Crush,” “Call of Duty,” and many more. However, the company’s good reputation has recently been threatened by accusations of discrimination and sexual harassment. Many employees claim that they faced sex-based discrimination, retaliation, and even assault. The company was faced with a discrimination lawsuit on July 20, 2021, but some employees have been less than impressed with the company’s response to the lawsuit.

California Department of Fair Employment and Housing Alleges Harassment and Discrimination

In a suit filed by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), Activision Blizzard has been accused of unfair treatment toward female employees, unequal wages, sexual harassment, and fostering a “frat boy workplace culture.” The lawsuit was filed after a two-year investigation into the company’s alleged discriminatory actions.

Activision initially denied the claims but has since sent an email apologizing to staff and calling the company’s initial response to the allegations “tone deaf.” However, this did not stop staff from staging a walkout on July 28.

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